Field Trip to the Malibu Family Farm of
West LA member, Larry Thorne
6043 Bonsall Dr. Malibu, CA 90265
Directions: Take Pacific Coast Highway west to Bonsall Dr. and turn right.
In approximately ½ mile, 6043 Bonsall Dr. will be on the left.
Nestled in Zuma Canyon, on about 15 acres, scattered about, the Thorne Family Farm is a fascinating place. They grow a long list of fruits and vegetables for restaurants in Malibu and the Westside, selling a lot to Tradinoi Restaurant in Malibu, Farm Shop LA in Brentwood and Sunny spot and Aframe in Venice, specializing in flavorful Albion strawberries and dry farmed heirloom tomatoes. (These are tomatoes grown only with the rain that falls; tomatoes picked last week were grown from March rains.) In addition to fruits and vegetables, they also grow herbs and flowers.
The Thorne Farm uses organic and sustainable growing methods, including beneficial insects. These methods help eliminate the need for harsh chemicals and insecticides.
Larry, his wife Laurel, and their two children are a third generation farm family. Larry’s grandfather came to CA from Kentucky and farmed in Culver City in the 1920s. His father started farming in Malibu in the late 30s. His family operated the renowned Lowe’s Corn Stand on the Westside of Los Angeles. Still a true “family” farm, Larry notes that their kids started selling corn on the side of the road when they were about 7 years old.
Larry promises to breakout the Amish Ice Cream Maker when we come, which will be a lot of fun. This is a special field trip to a very special place. Don’t miss it!